Building Maintenance Certification

ToolboxJob Outlook & Earnings

Employment of general maintenance and repair workers is expected to grow 6 percent during the 2014-24 decade, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

Average hourly wages of general maintenance and repair workers in Maryland were $19.39 in 2015.

Is This Career Right for You?

General maintenance and repair workers often carry out many different tasks in a single day, at any number of locations, including indoor and outdoor. They may work inside a single building, such as a hotel or hospital, or be responsible for the maintenance of many buildings, such as those in an apartment complex or college campus. They may have to stand for long periods, lift heavy objects, and work in uncomfortably hot or cold environments, in awkward and cramped positions, or on ladders. Those employed in small establishments often work with only limited supervision. Those in larger establishments frequently work under the direct supervision of an experienced worker.

General maintenance and repair workers also perform routine preventive maintenance and ensure that machines continue to run smoothly, building systems operate efficiently, and the physical condition of buildings does not deteriorate. Following a checklist, they may inspect drives, motors, and belts, check fluid levels, replace filters, and perform other maintenance actions. Maintenance and repair workers keep records of their work.

Building Maintenance Certification at HCC

Completing this program will allow you to obtain a certificate that gives you the skills to perform a variety of skilled duties in one or more of the building trades, such as carpentry, minor electrical, plumbing, dry wall or other recognized crafts for the purpose of maintaining, repairing or remodeling buildings and facilities, to include minor HVAC and other mechanical systems.

Courses required for the certificate are Basic Plumbing, Heating Systems, Basic Electrical, Comfort Cooling, Basic Carpentry, and OSHA 10 Hour.


  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Possess mechanical ability
  • Tenth grade reading level preferred

Required Courses:

  • Basic Carpentry
  • Basic Plumbing
  • Basic Electrical
  • Basic Refrigeration
  • Preparation for Refrigerant Recovery
  • Comfort Cooling
  • Heating Systems
  • OSHA 10-Hour

Recommended additional courses:

  • Blueprint Reading
  • Boiler Plant Operator
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Forklift Certification

Total approximate cost is $3,000 for tuition and fees, and accumulated hours are 190, for the required courses. There may be additional associated costs for textbooks.

Program takes six to nine months to complete. Courses are offered year-round in the evenings and weekends.

Employers: Harford Community College offers customized training to meet the needs of your business.

**We can design training for the specific needs of your organization at one of our facilities, or at your location. We are now also a partner with the Maryland WorkSmart program, utilizing the strengths of the Maryland Community College Network. Contact us about what your needs are, and we can develop a training program to support you!**

Any Course. Any Time. Any Location.

Occupational data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Maintenance and Repair Workers, General.